Claire Zagorski

Claire is a paramedic and harm reductionist supporting overdose response programming and research at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy’s PhARM Program. She uses her background in chemistry to study drug supply contamination, and is currently completing graduate work in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She lives in Austin, Texas.

An Opioid Vaccine Is Not the Answer

In 1974, scientists at the University of Chicago immunized a rhesus monkey against morphine. After training the monkey to self-administer…

January 10, 2022

Let’s Examine the Astroworld Syringe-Wielding Assailant Rumor

On November 5, at the Astroworld festival in Houston, at least eight people were killed in what appeared, from multiple…

November 9, 2021

Health Care Workers Need to Be Watching the Splintering Drug Supply

In the summer of 2016, the synthetic cannabinoid "K2" burst into the drug landscape in Austin, where I was working…

September 28, 2021

A Guide to Fentanyl Touch Overdoses, Which Do Not Exist

Once as a paramedic student, I accidentally sprayed fentanyl in my face. It was my first time administering the medication,…

August 11, 2021

The Pernicious Myth of Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis

A recent Washington Post piece on the ever-worsening increase in drug poisoning deaths has reanimated angst over the supposed issue…

July 20, 2021

The Naloxone Arms Race Is Headed Nowhere Good

In elementary school, my best friend Celina wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. She loved science, gave…

June 23, 2021